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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida, 1958

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida celebrated her 93rd birthday last week. She was one of the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s, starring in dozens of films.

In her retirement Lollobrigida turned to photojournalism. Those she photographed include Paul Newman, Salvador Dalí, Henry Kissinger, Audrey Hepburn, Ella Fitzgerald, and the German national football team.

In 1974 she obtained an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro and later wrote “When I got the idea of a photographic story on Fidel Castro, I asked myself whether it would not be dangerous. I had heard that he is always surrounded by armed soldiers, but the idea also fascinated me. Castro had not been photographed or interviewed by anyone recently.” Indeed, Castro had been photographed by Karsh three years prior.

See more portraits of Ms. Lollobrigida.

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